Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cocaine

Cocaine is a song written by J.J.  Cale in 1976 but made famous when Eric Clapton covered it in 1977 and put it on his 1980 Slowhand album. I enjoy the JJ Cale version better that Clapton's. It's a little more relaxed and chill. But, my favorite cover of the song is from the Canadian glam-rock band Brighton Rock (off their Love Machine album). I'd love to see Halestorm cover this song sometime.

The song is supposedly an anti-drug song. Looking at the lyrics (below), I definitely see that. What do you think?


 J.J. Cale's version of Cocaine from 1976
 

Eric Clapton's version of Cocaine from 1980
 
 
Brighton Rock's version of Cocaine from 1991
 
 
If you wanna hang out you've got to take her out.
Cocaine.
If you wanna get down, down on the ground.
Cocaine.

She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; Cocaine.

If you got bad news, you wanna kick them blues.
Cocaine.
When your day is done and you wanna run.
Cocaine.

She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; Cocaine.

If your thing is gone and you wanna ride on.
Cocaine.
Don't forget this fact, you can't get it back.
Cocaine.

She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; Cocaine.
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; Cocaine.

- Cocaine by J.J. Cale

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